The Ghost Town of Bodie

As mentioned in my last post, I accumulated far too many images during my visit to Bodie State Historical Park to combine in that post. This “ghost town” warranted a post all it’s own. I have always been drawn to old historic buildings. Often times the images are ruined for me by modern day clutter… power lines, current model cars, and other man-made clutter. (Is there any other kind?) To find myself in this protected bit of nostalgia… an entire town unmarred except for a few obtrusively parked state park autos it was… well let’s just say I was salivating at ever turn.

It was snowing when we arrived, and since dogs were allowed Jazzy and Sadie strolled with me through the town. None of us minded the cold as we explored… for me it was a visual haven, and for the girls it was all olfactory. There was so much to smell they didn’t know which way to turn!

The whole town looked as though everyone had simply vanished. Everything was left in place. School books, whisky glasses, dishes on kitchen tables…

This once thriving “gold mining metropolis” conjures (and rightly so) the kind of old west history that movies are made of. There’s plenty of that to be found online so I’ll save myself the chore of writing about it and simply say “google it”! And then come for a visit.

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Methodist Church

Bodie State Historical Park, California

D.V. Cain House, built in 1873

Bodie State Historical Park, California

kitchen interior

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Home interior

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Bodie State Historical Park, California

Wagon barn

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Bodie State Historical Park, California

Swazey HotelIMG_5972

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Bodie State Historical Park, California

Interior of Schoolhouse

Bodie State Historical Park, California

World globe in classroom of schoolhouse

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Schoolhouse

Bodie State Historical Park, California

The Standard Mill sits on a hillside above Bodie

 

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Boone store and warehouse

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Firehouse

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Gas pumps

Bodie State Historical Park, California

 

Bodie State Historical Park, California

J.S. Cain House

Bodie State Historical Park, California

J.S. Cain house front window

Bodie State Historical Park, California

Donnelly house

After a few hours of walking the streets and snooping through windows and imaging what life was like here during the gold rush we were cold enough to load up and head back down the mountain. THIS was a day well spent!

Driving down the mountain from Bodie

Driving down the mountain from Bodie

 

8 thoughts on “The Ghost Town of Bodie

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  2. I just loved Bodie! Such a cool place. Funny, I have a couple of the same shots. A bit of snow on the ground, eh. Is this a side trip you took while your motorhome was being repaired?

  3. That church is irresistible subject isn’t it? Actually everything is. It’s a true ghost town and the only one I’ve ever ever visited that has been allowed to deteriorate naturally. One of my favorite places on the planet and you’ve done a great job capturing it Fran.

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